May 2017 News
Message from the President
Happy Spring! I hope the appropriate seasonal weather has made an appearance in your home state. Here in Idaho, we’re still waiting. My horses have started shedding so I am sure the warmer temperatures are just around the corner.
Message for the Executive Director
For those of you who may know me on a personal level it won’t surprise you when I say that I am not a creative individual. As a matter of fact, I’ve been known to hyperventilate when walking into a local craft store; sad thing is that I’m not kidding! For those of you who may only know me from conferences or quick interactions, I also believe that you could ascertain from my stories of athletics, being raised in the city, and my gift to over-analyze situations, that the idea of building my own garden or creating something “crafty” is generally out of my comfort zone.
Celebrating the Legacy of “Growing Our Own” in Teacher Education
In partnership with the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP), Raritan Valley Community College was delighted to recognize nine of our recent Teacher Education alumni who teach in schools in our bi-county region on Monday, March 1, 2017. Raritan Valley is one of two bi-county community colleges in New Jersey, serving Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. There is great diversity in the demographics of the schools and school districts and ultimately the students within these counties. This great diversity requires that the educators that...
NAEYC Conference Attendance
I recently had the opportunity to attend the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference on behalf of NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) with the goal of building a bridge between NAEYC and NACCTEP, but what I walked away with was so much more then creating a bridge between two organizations. I walked away with two larking questions. One, of which was why would someone (students, faculty, and administrators) find value in joining any type of national organization?
Ms. Lauren Young: Paying Forward and Giving Back, Act Two
Last year at this time, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of sharing a feature story about one of my colleagues, a former student, who was serving as a cooperating teacher for two of my then current students. Ms. Lauren Young was one of my first Teacher Education students at Raritan Valley Community College, and now, I am delighted to report that she is my colleague here at the college!
Executive Board Nominations Call
NACCTEP members are invited to nominate Executive Board candidates for the 2017-18 academic year. All nominees must be from a NACCTEP member college, active in teacher education, and have institutional support to serve for the term of office. There are three (3) Member-At-Large positions open and the term is for two years, beginning July 1, 2017. The NACCTEP Operating Procedures includes a description of the Member-AtLarge duties. There is also the Board Opportunities and Involvement available for review.
NACCTEP Scholarship Program
The NACCTEP National Scholarship Program was founded to help member college students realize their dreams of becoming an educator. NACCTEP is continuing its commitment to provide it’s annual $1,000 scholarships to two eligible candidates. Additionally, due to the generosity of the Michigan Association for Community College Educator Preparation (MACCEP), we will be able to support two additional students with $400 scholarships.
CALLING ALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES IN TEACHER PREPARATION!! We need your voice and participation. If you know or are a graduate of a community college teacher preparation program, we would love to hear about your achievements, career plans and future aspirations. Visit our website and submit your information via our Alumni Connection form.